Unit description

Explores historical and contemporary developments within the field of curatorial practice, spanning commercial and public art galleries, art fairs, artist-run galleries and community arts platforms. The unit provides a means for understanding contemporary curatorial strategies by addressing cultural, theoretical, political and economic issues that underpin a range of exhibition systems.

Unit content

  • Origins of the museum
  • Anthropology meets art: historical narratives in public spaces
  • Conceptual art: exhibition as information
  • Relational aesthetics
  • Community art methodologies
  • History of biennales and festival exhibitions
  • Artist-run galleries and pop-up spaces
  • Writing for institutions
  • Visual/spatial analysis and information literacy

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Project proposal30%
Case study50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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